Airline & Airport News.
Air New Zealand adds trans-Tasman flights
Air New Zealand are set to launch additional services on the Auckland-Sydney, Auckland-Melbourne and Auckland-Brisbane routes from October 28, 2018. Flights between Christchurch-Melbourne and Christchurch-Brisbane will increase to two times daily on peak days and Christchurch-Sydney will be offered two times daily from Monday to Friday. From December 2 there will be flights up to five times a week Wellington-Brisbane-Wellington and four times a week Queenstown-Brisbane
Increased security screening for Air New Zealand flights to the USA
Passengers on Air New Zealand flights to the US are now required to carry a printed or digital copy of their flight ticket and may also be asked to switch on all electronic devices. Airport check-in and bag drop for US bound flights from Auckland, Rarotonga and London Heathrow are open four hours prior to departure. Customers are strongly advised to allow extra time to complete all check-in, security and boarding requirements and to be aware these may cause additional congestion.
Virgin’s trans-Tasman revamp brings Queenstown and Wellington options.
From 28 Oct 2018, Virgin will introduce two new tans-Tasman routes. Beginning with up to five flights per week between Wellington-Sydney and up to four flights per week between Queenstown-Melbourne. It will also increase its Auckland-Sydney flights to three times daily on weekdays and two times daily on weekends, as well as increasing Auckland-Melbourne to two times daily and Brisbane-Auckland to as many as three flights per day on peak days. Frequencies will be reduced between Christchurch and Melbourne and from Wellington to Brisbane.
Emirates’ new Airbus A380 2021
Emirates Airbus A380 is set to receive new first-class suites that will include bathrooms and shower spa suites. They have been confirmed to be the same as the Mercedes-Benz inspired cribs of its Boeing 777-300ERs. The suites aren’t due to debut until 2021.
United Airlines opens Polaris lounge at SFO
United Airlines opened its new Polaris Business Class airport lounge at San Francisco on 30 April 2018. The split-level lounge features a dining room and bar incorporating the old United Club as well as the former Singapore Airlines and EVA Air lounges. The lounge fits a capacity of 440 and spans a space of 2,600 m².
Air Canada debuts new Business Class experience
Air Canada has recently undergone improvements to its business class offering. The new ‘Signature Class’ is an end-to-end premium product now available on all Air Canada international flights. The upgrade includes: a new dine-on-demand meal service with revised drinks menu, mattress pads fitted on the carrier’s flatbeds and refreshed amenity kits with Canadian brands such as Want Les Essentiels and Vitruvi.
New Cathay Pacific business class meal service
Cathy Pacific will soon offer a new restaurant-style meal service to its business class passengers. The new service includes an upgraded menu, restaurant-style food presentation and a more personalised dining experience. Cathay Pacific will debut the meal service on flights between Hong Kong and Chicago in July, followed by London Gatwick in August.
Boeing sky-high double bed
Boeing has uncovered their all new business class seat to be offered on new aircraft and as a retrofit during upgrades. The seat, which converts into a life flat bed with the ability for the paired middle seat to become a double bed, is intended for twin-aisle jets such as the Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner family. There are few further details available, but the released images allude to plenty of space for work and personal items as well as potentially offering wireless charging.
New Cross rail to London Heathrow Airport
A section of the new Cross rail tube service to Heathrow Airport is set to launch in Q3 this year. The Paddington to LHR sector of the new Elizabeth Line will take over the current Heathrow Connect service, operating four times an hour to begin, later increasing to six trains an hour in 2019. The Elizabeth Line is set to rival the existing Heathrow Express, by charging almost half the price of the competing airport link service.
CTM Australian acquisition and ANZ leadership changes
Corporate Travel Management have announced the acquisition of SCT Travel Group Pty Ltd, trading as Platinum Travel Corporation (PTC) in QLD and NSW, effective 1 July 2018. This acquisition brings the opportunity to adopt a founder of SCT, industry veteran Greg McCarthy. Greg will be appointed CEO of ANZ, based in our Sydney office, reporting into Laura Ruffles.
Sofitel Wellington Magnifique reopening
Sofitel Wellington has celebrated it’s reopening with a La Nuit party. Regaining their original status as the favourite destination for business and leisure travellers, they are situated between Wellington’s Botanical Gardens and The Beehive. As well as welcoming back the original Sofitel team, they have also welcomes Melissa Shaw as a new General Manager and a new head chef, Roy Giam.